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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Infinity Blade is an action game set in medieval times. It offers some of the most impressive graphics of any game on the system to date, and that might be something that attracts some children, but the game is not suited for pre-teens. Infinity Blade is a series of fights against increasingly fierce opponents ranging from armored assassins to trolls to a character known as the God King. There is no blood in the battles, but some of the death strokes are graphic. The game also encourages you to slash an opponent as many times as you can before he falls for bonus experience points. There is no multiplayer component, but achievements and leaderboards can be accessed through Apple's Game Center.
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What's it about?
Infinity Blade players will fight a series of increasingly fierce enemies ranging from armored assassins to trolls to a character known as the God King. They'll use finger swipes to attack, as well as dodge, block, and parry incoming blows. Players can also use rings to summon magical spells when their mana is full (viewable via an onscreen symbol.) Winning battles often nets players gold rewards, which can be spent to upgrade their current weapon or to buy a new ones.
Is it any good?
There's nothing particularly deep about the gameplay of Infinity Blade, but the game is a lot of fun to play -- and it's nearly as fun to just look at. The graphics engine powering the app is an offshoot of the one used in Gears of War, making it one of the most advanced on Apple's systems. Unfortunately, after you've played for a while the repetitive nature of the game becomes apparent. While you can choose different weapons and magic powers to battle opponents, you're still using the same actions. That could prevent some people from finishing the game. That said, there's something mesmerizing about the simplistic structure of the game that hooks you, and fans of action games will likely find themselves playing regularly -- even though they recognize the game's faults. Infinity Blade, in some ways, is an action equivalent of classic quarter-gobbling arcade games. You're repeating the same motions and actions a lot, but the game is still somehow entertaining enough that you may not mind.
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